Second Chance for Radiant Skin With Broadband Light Therapy

Updated on July 1, 2017

Protect Your Beautiful Skin!

Sun Worship= Sun Damage!

After many years of neglecting my skin and indulging in absolutely everything skin care professionals tell us will ruin our skin (excessive sun, too much alcohol, smoking, and such), I began to notice the signs of my neglect creeping across my face.

I am fortunate to have inherited fairly good skin genes, but even the best genes are no match for constant neglect. A few years ago when I turned 40, I began to notice the more obvious signs of aging that can’t be disguised with makeup. Endless party nights and days spent literally worshipping the Gods of Sun were coming back to haunt me, flaunting my sinful indiscretions, quite literally, right in front of my face.

Although my skin has always been fairly smooth (Dysport helps these days!) my complexion has taken on an uneven *ruddy* tone over the years, concealed only by makeup. Now that summer is upon us, I want to wear less makeup. In fact, I want to wear less makeup in every season!. As much as I enjoy the magic of makeup, I would rather not rely on it to make my skin look good. So, I explored treatment options to help repair the damage and bring me closer to having the healthy looking radiant skin I desire. For a little additional insight, I have battled eating disorders most of my life, which, in addition to smoking, drinking and lack of proper skin care well into my 30's contributed to my skin's diminishing radiance. I was also very self-conscious so I wore far more makeup than necessary to hide the evidence of my shenanigans. My skin couldn't breath and I just don’t want to hide beneath makeup anymore!

Second Chances

I want a second chance to love my skin! I want to bring my skin back to life!

So, I booked an appointment for a consultation.

After the cosultation, my doctor recommended I begin with Broad Band Light Therapy (BBL) to address sun damage, redness and improve texture before moving forward with other procedures. Of course during the entire consult I examined every pore on her face. I feel more confident when the person treating my skin has good skin. Her skin was flawless.

I made an appointment a few weeks later after a trip Oregon which I was sure would destroy anything I had done. I don't party anymore but I have been known to neglect sunscreen.

Broad Band Light Therapy ( BBL) uses intense light energy to rejuvenate skin and improve the following conditions:

  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Discolorations such as age spots, sun spots and freckles
  • Redness associated with broken blood vessels and rosacea
  • Skin laxity

And more...

Essentially, the light energy from BBL Therapy deeply penetrates beneath the skin, improving discoloration and rejuvenating the skin-for a very long time. This light energy is also believed to alter skin cells so they "act like" younger skin. Which might explain why I sometimes see it marketed as Forever Young BBL. I don’t care about being forever young, I just care that my skin looks its best at any age. This was once explained to me in terms of visualizing how in 10 years my skin will look younger and better than it does today after BBL Therapy. Exciting!

We shall see.

Healthy Lifestyle= Healthy Skin

My lifestyle now is healthy and I want my skin to reflect that.

I don't drink, smoke or party. I avoid sugar and processed foods, exercise, and drink lots of water. I have arrived at a point in my life where I feel that I can be responsible with and maintain my skins health and appearance.

Treatment Day

This is how my treatment went:

  1. My skin was analyze with a skin diagnostic screening called Visa Complexion Analysis which reveals your skins problem areas and enables the practitioner to more specifically and efficiently treat them.

  2. My skin was sanitized with alcohol.
  3. My skin type and recent sun exposure were assessed to gauge the appropriate laser settings.

  4. I was given small eye goggles to protect my eyes.

  5. My practitioner guided a wand -like, light energy emitting device across my face targeting specific areas for redness, sunspots and skin laxity.

The procedure felt like rubber bands snapping on the areas of my skin where the energy was concentrated. It stung but was bearable.

The actual procedure was over in about 20 minutes and the technician made me slather a high SPF sunscreen all over my face and wouldn't let me leave until I promised to wear sunscreen. I purchased some from the office so she could believe I would wear it. It wasn't cheap so I wear it every day.

Sunscreen diligence is a must! This is something I haven't been able to get into my thick skull over the years but I am convert now!

Radiant once more!

When it was all over my skin looked RADIANT.

I thought maybe it was because the procedure stimulates circulation giving the skin a nice glow but a few days later it still looked great. I was warned that any dark spots might get darker before flaking off and not to pick at them. I didn't notice much in that area outside of a few sprinklings on my left temple but the redness was fading and the color was more even. My skin looked brighter!

It is recommended to have a series of BBL treatments spaced about a month a part for best results then follow up yearly to maintain results. Typically, there is no down time for recovery and you can return to your daily activities right away as long as you walk out that door wearing sunscreen and wear it every day for the rest of your life!

At least try to wear it when you're out in the sun.

I have had these treatments in the past with varying results, even suffering some pretty bad burns once, but this time I noticed a more distinct improvement. The only time I I needed specific after care was when I was burned on my chest. I learned that this happened because the setting was too high for my skin color, which was darker than my face. This is why it's so important to talk to your technician about sun exposure and to just avoid the sun all together before this treatment. Also, it is equally important to find a qualified and experienced practitioner who can recognize when your skin may not be reacting well.

Final Thoughts...

I think my sun worshipping days might be behind me. I decided that if I am going to spend as much as I do on making my skin healthy and beautiful and investing in a healthy lifestyle, I’m not going to ruin it again by neglecting to protect it from the sun. I can’t avoid the sun all together because I do love the sun, but I can take action to protect my skin. Using a quality sunscreen must be part of that routine

Ultimately, I am very pleased with the results. It may have taken a few years to get it right and I learned some hard lessons but I really love how my skin looks now and I definitely think it was worth it. I finally feel confident enough with my skin not to wear makeup everyday. I will return next week for another treatment and find out if this will be the one that will free me from makeup forever!

A good sunscreen is an important part of avoiding sun damage

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Eltamd carries a variety of great sunscreens! I feel confident that my skin is not only protected at the highest level, but is also benefiting from skin nurturing ingredients. The chemical free, tinted, waterproof sunscreen imparts a nice glow to my skin either alone, or beneath makeup. It is the only sunscreen I have used on my face that does not irritate my eyes, which is great because I use it a lot these days!


NOTE: Prior to having your BBL Therapy, it is extremely important that you tell your technician about your recent sun exposure and if you burn AT ALL. If you have any color on your skin that comes from a tan or even a fake tan, there is a chance that you can get burned and have hyper-pigmented skin as a result.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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